Product Review of ChatterPix Kids
ChatterPix Kids is a photo-editing app that allows learners to make photographs talk. A video on the main screen explains how to get started, though the app is so straightforward and clear it isn’t really needed. It features two sections: Take Photo (where you create the talking pictures) and Gallery (where work is stored). To get started, learners take a photo or choose one from the camera roll. It’s also possible to use a Bitmoji. A prompt asks learners to draw a line on the photo for the mouth and record a 30-second recording. Learners then see a countdown, and once they’re finished, they can choose to re-record or preview. On the next screen, learners can then embellish photos with stickers, text, and so on. Export completed projects to the camera roll or save them in the gallery, where you can re-edit them.
Used effectively, ChatterPix Kids offers a lot of options for elementary school educators, specifically for storytelling and creative projects. For example, use it to create short book reviews for the library. Or you could have your learners research and speak as a historical figure. Teaching about animals and habitats? Learners can make their drawings or sculptures talk to share learning. For a poetry unit, learners can illustrate a character to photograph and “read” their poem. Teachers can also get in on the ChatterPix fun and use it to create lesson hooks. For example, teaching a unit on Mozart? Create a talking photograph of Mozart to introduce the unit. The possibilities are endless and limited only by your and your learners’ creativity.
While ChatterPix Kids doesn’t teach any traditional academic content, it empowers kids to create and demonstrate learning. One thing that makes it useful is that it’s easy to use for learners as young as kindergarten. But the functionality is just as valuable to older kids, too. You can use it in any discipline in the elementary school classroom — and beyond — to share what learners know, have learned, or have researched, in a novel and entertaining way. Learners will likely appreciate ChatterPix Kid’s new way of sharing content, and educators can get creative with how they present information as well.
Overall User Consensus About the App
Bright colors and a clean design make it easy to navigate and use. It’s a possible go-to app for younger learners who will love the silliness.
Curriculum and Instruction
While not content-focused, it’s customizable to any content area with a little effort. Depending on the prompt, the focus can be silly, very educational, or both.
How-to prompts aid each step of the process; a quick tutorial video on the home screen explains everything a student needs to get started.